“VCT” in the context of HIV/AIDS stands for Voluntary Counceling and Testing. Employes at Nyaweri office work as counselors and test people for AIDS. Nyaweri stands for three provinces in Kenya: NYANZA, WESTERN and RIFT VALLEY.
The office exists since 2004, founded by Dr. Peter Oracha Adoyo from Maseno University. The main office of Nyaweri is Liverpool VCT Care and Treatment under which Nyaweri is working. Right now six people are running Nyaweri office, five are Deaf and one is hearing, who are all trained on counseling and testing. The main reason of the formation of this office is to help educate hearing impaired people on HIV/AIDS, so that they are able to make informed decisions and carry out testing. Deaf people have to face many challenges when it comes to HIV/AIDS. Myths and prejudices exist about the Deaf and in combination with HIV/AIDS it is even harder for them to lead a normal life. Another big problem is the lack of information and awareness of HIV/AIDS especially for those who are living in the rural areas. Language barriers among the education level are a big challenge and it is really hard for them to acquire appropriate information about HIV/AIDS. Poor access to VCT services, Stigma and discrimination are three other challenges for a Deaf person. Continue reading